Information about Cycling in Canberra
Finding your way around Canberra on a
Join a cycling
What does the ACT
Government offer cyclists
Where are the
Where can you
Bike Rides in
and around Canberra
about cycling in Canberra
Finding your way around Canberra on a bike
The best way to find out about where to cycle in Canberra is to get
a copy of the Canberra Bikeways Map.
This map shows roads, bike paths and off road tracks and trails through the parks and
forests. Its a must have item for locals and visitors to Canberra, and can even double up
as a street map as well.
Join a cycling club
- Pedal Power ACT Inc is the main organisation
in Canberra which represents all cyclists. It has a continuous program of recreational
rides for all ages and standards. It represents Canberra cyclists in discussions with the
ACT Government, and lobbies for better facilities for recreational and commuter cyclists.
The Pedal Power web site has details of many rides in and around the ACT. It has an office
in the Griffin Centre, City, with extensive resources. Events organised by Pedal Power can
also be found on the ACT Government's ACT
and Region Community Organisations page. Pedal Power ACT also sponsors the bike-oz mailing list
- The ACT Cycling Federation Inc is the
organisation for racing and competition cycling and is part of Cycling Australia (Australian Cycling Federation)
- The ACT Veteran's Cycling Club is open to
males over 35 years and females over 30 years. It has a good program of rides throughout
- The Canberra Cycling Club has been a
racing club since the early 1980s and is affiliated with the Australian Cycling
Federation. It has between 150 and 200 members, and organises road races, time trials,
criteriums and track races for all age groups, including U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19.
Contact Secretary Dave Sutton
- Audax Australia is the place to go for those
really long rides to test your endurance
- The Tuggeranong Vikings Cycling Club is
also a road racing club catering for cyclists living in the Tuggeranong valley, which is a
town of about 80,000 people in the south of Canberra. It is also affiliated with the
Australian Cycling Federation and caters for junior, senior and veteran grades.
- The Triathlon ACT conducts a full program of triathlons and
duathlons throughout the year. The water is too cold for safe swimming in the cold
Canberra winters, so that's when the duathlons are held. Julia Keith is the Executive
Officer of the Association and can be contacted on 6257 2230(w)
- Bilbys Triathlon and Swimming Club
was formed in 1987 as a friendly, informal club which conducts its activities in an
environment which caters for different levels of performance, and places emphasis on
enjoyment. It caters for swimmers and triathletes and has training, instructional and
competitive activities. Paul Farrell is President on 6281 0497, and David Baldwin is
Membership Coordinator at 6251 1163.
- Canberra is the mecca for mountain biking, with off-road bike riding accessible within a
couple of kms from the city centre. Most of the country surrounding Canberra is open pine
forest, native bushland and national parks. All have excellent trails with virtually no
restrictions for mountain biking (see MTB
Code). An area of pine forest on Mt Majura (entrance from Majura Road) is set aside
specially for MTB, and many races are held here. A new MTB competition area has been built
at Blue Range about 30km out of Canberra. Canberra
Off-Road Cyclists (CORC) is a very active group which organises lots of rides. They
are very active on the mtb-oz mailing list, and
can be contacted there or by calling President Tony Scott at 6241 5043(h), 6249 3573(w) or
email. The Ozondirt site also has lots of MTB competition
- Mountain Bike Access Australia formed in
response to the small but growing number of trail closures in Australia. One of the aims
of MBAA is to educate land managers to the true impact of mountain bikes. If you want to
send a submission have a look at this information.
- Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) has an excellent web
site including a free stolen bicycles site
- Mountain Bike
Orienteering (MBO) was introduced to Canberra in 1997 by Sue Johnston and Peter
Plunkett-Cole. MBO is organised by the ACT Orienteering Association. email Gary Caitcheon on 6288 3456 (h)
- Its like orienteering but not quite. So what's rogaining , and can cyclists do
- Go critical with Critical Mass from Garema
Place, City on the last Friday of each month at 5.30pm
- The ACT BMX Association organises training and
races. Friday night racing at their Melba track on Copland Drive. Sign on by 7.15pm with
racing at 7.30pm. Gate start practice Weds at 6.00pm. All ages catered for with emphasis
on fun. Contact the Club information line 6259 1376
- The BMX club for those on the southside is the Tuggeranong BMX Club in Sulwood
Drive, Kambah (Canberra Cycleways Map sheet 17). Races are held every second Saturday.
- Women who want to ride with other women should contact Sandy Daley, Manager, ACT
Women in Sport, at Sports House Hackett, phone 247 3282 (h), or Robyn Barker at Females in Training (FIT), phone
6285 3697(h) or 6281 1819(w), or Brigid Cassells on 6251 2517(h) or 6207 2063(w).
- Canberra is the hub for HPV activities in Australia, with ozHPV. It costs only $10 to join, so
complete your application form here.
- For all those arguments against wearing bike helmets, check out the Cyclists Rights Action Group (CRAG). A
single issue site with lots of interesting links to safety and helmet issues. For more
information phone (Canberra 6251 5357) or Bill Curno.
What does the ACT Government offer cyclists
Phone 13ACT1 (ie 132881) for all enquiries or surf the ACT Government Directory for contacts
- Bike information can be found at the ACT Government's web
site. [More information]
- The ACT's bicycle laws are found in the Traffic Act 1937 and
the 1999 Australian Road Rules
- Motorists and cyclists rights and responsibilities can be found in the ACT Traffic Handbook 1997.
- The ACT Government permits and encourages cycling on
- New parking provision guidelines require bicycle parking to be provided in all new
- The Canberra Cycleways Map was published in 1995 and
1998, and shows all the roads, bike paths and off-road
tracks. [More information]
- Some main roads have been improved for bicycle
[More information: write 'cycling' in Subject
- The 1996/97 ACT Budget
spent $700,000 on bicycle facilities. In fact, a lot more than
this was spent as part of the road maintenance budget, on improving on-road cycling for
commuters. [More information: write 'cycling' in
- What does the Government plan in 2002/03. Check out the 2002/03 budget
- The Government has an extensive data base about many aspects
of cycling in Canberra, including bike use, commuter cycling trends, helmet wearing rates
and bike crashes. Published data can be obtained from the Canberra
public library or from the Traffic Monitoring Unit in
the Department of Urban Services.
- A complete data base of all 1,500kms of footpaths and bike paths will be completed in
1997. It will be used to improve maintenance and pinpoint problems. [More information: write 'cycling' in Subject Line]
- The Government supports both commuter and recreational cycling through the National Bicycle Strategy 1994 and 1999, the ACT
Bicycle Strategy ("Canberra
Bicycle 2000") launched on 30 November 1997, and the Transport Strategy. Compare with Bicycle Strategies from Victoria, and Portland USA.
- All the states and territories meet regularly as the National Bicycle
Council, and cooperate to promote national uniformity in relation to cycling and
exchange information on best practice in cycling matters. [More information]
- Assistance has been given to Canberra Off-Road Cyclists
to buy a mountain bike for use by women who are interested in mountain biking either at a
social of competitive level.
- A draft Mountain Bike Riders Code has
been developed in consultation (but not necessarily endorsement) with conservation groups
and Pedal Power ACT and Canberra Off-Road Cyclists
- Download and snail mail or fax information about hazards to cyclists on this form. Alternatively, you can email your comments from here. All suggestions and
complaints are stored on a purpose built data base and systematically addressed as funds
become available. [More information: write
'cycling' in Subject Line]
- The Government telephone number to ring about bicycle matters is 6207 6677. Try 6207
2283 for tree branch hazards. Alternatively call the ACT Government call centre at 13 22
- Another option for contacting the government
about repairs and maintenance to bike facilities
- Find out why your bike won't make the traffic lights
change. Report malfunctions to the Traffic
Signals Group in the ACT Government, or email(write
'traffic lights' in Subject Line) .
- The Canberra Festival of
Cycling is held every year around November. It is supported by the ACT Government and the Bike Week Breakfasts are organised
by Pedal Power. [More information]
- Bike lockers are
provided for all day secure bike storage at each bus interchange, to encourage longer
distance bicycle/bus commuting (See photo of lockers at
Civic bus interchange). Call Pedal Power ACT
to hire a locker.
- Bike racks have been installed at shopping centres and
many other places.
- ACTION launched the "BIKEBUS" trial for bike racks
on buses on St Valentines Day 1997. Does this mean that bus drivers love cyclists after
all!! But after 4 years no bike racks have appeared on buses on roads. Perhaps it
was just a stunt. Call the Minister for Urban Services, Bill
Woods to find out.
Where are the bike shops
The best way to find all the bike shops is to point to the Telstra Yellow Pages and search on
"bicycles". This will get you to all the shops but won't tell you about bike
Check out the Canberra Cycles web site.
Canberra Cycles helps organises the famous Fitz's Challenge bike ride,
and is one of the oldest and best bike shops in Canberra.
The ACT Bicycle Superstore at Mitchell is
the second bike shop in Canberra to go online.
And now Big B Bicycles, and the Bike Shed
Rideshop at Manuka
opened in early 2000
Where can you hire bikes
It's hard to find the bike hire places by searching the Yellow
Pages , as they are all mixed in with the bike shop information. So here are some of the
bike hire places I know about.
- Dial a Bicycle: found in 7 Moddock Pl Gordon
(Tuggeranong) Phone 02 6294 3171
- Canberra Bicycle Tours - Amaroo, Gungahlin Phone 02 6242 6264
- Mr Spokes Bike Hire: found right on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin next to the
boat hire. Probably the biggest general bike hire place in Canberra. This is the place to
get a bike to ride around the lake. Phone 02 6257 1188
- Lonsdale St Cyclery, Braddon has mountain bikes for hire (without
suspension) Ph 02 6257 7885
- Adventure 4x4 Mountain Bike Tours - Wanniassa, Tuggeranong Ph 6231 9370
- Cycling-Hire & Tours, ACT
Bicycle Superstore, Mitchell, Ph 02 6241 7897
- Canberra YHA, Dryandra St , O'Connor hires mountain
bike style bikes for $30 per day (2001) . email
- Row 'n' Ride hires Avanti mountain bikes at Lake Ginninderra at weekends. Ph 018 206 522
- Canberra Cycles in Fyshwick have a few
bikes to hire
- Row 'N Ride hires mountain bikes and canoes in
Bike Rides in and around Canberra
- Off-road rides: Short (about
one hour) mostly off-road rides through the bushland in Canberra. Mostly accessible from
the bike path network. Ride description and map designed to be printed off and stuffed
into the back pocket.
- Pedal Power organise regular, supported,
recreational long/short, easy/hard rides on and off the bike paths, generally at weekends
- Descriptions of many other rides
around Canberra and the region can also be found at the Pedal Power site
- Rides around the Southern Highlands
of NSW (90 minutes drive from Canberra)
- Some great rides in the Blue
Mountains (4 hours drive from Canberra)
Caranti visited Canberra from Italy in 1996 and writes about his rides around Lake
Burley Griffin and in the Namadgi
National Park , about one hour's drive south of Canberra.
- For a really long ride, try the Bicentennial
National Trail , which passes through the ACT on its 5,330 km route from Victoria to
- Critical Mass rides in Canberra! From
Garema Place, City, on the last Friday of the month, starting at around 5.30pm. (Critical
Mass is an international cyclist movement aimed at raising awareness of cyclists' rights
and safety on the road. CM encourages motorists to share the road and cyclists to reclaim
Big Regular Cycling Events in Canberra
- Canberra Bike Week
renamed the Canberra Festival of Cycling, usually held in November each year
- HPV Challenge, also in November
- The Big Canberra Bike Ride
is held on the Canberra Day weekend in March each year
- The Australian Mountain Bike Nationals, were first held at Majura
Pines, Canberra April 1998. They are planned to be held in Canberra on a regular basis at
a permanent site about 20km out of Canberra at Blue Range in the Brindabellas. Check the CORC site for details
- The ACT State MTB Championships are held in March each year
and organised by CORC.
- The ACT Mountain Bike Orienteering
Championships are organised by the MBO Association each year.
- The Tour de Dirt is another annual Mountain Bike Event organised
- The Tour de Femme is one of the non competitive biggest rides for women in Australia.
Its held around October each year (next one 22/10/2000)
- Fitz's Challenge (150km)
and the less painful Tharwa
Challenge (90km) held around November. Sponsored by Canberra Cycles, Canberra Tradesman's Club and
Pedal Power ACT. Details from Pedal Power ACT. .
- The Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic,
Australia's leading road cycle race, holds its final road leg in Canberra in around
- The Canberra Milk Race, known as the Canberra Lite White Milk Race, is held in April. Dave Sutton usually has the results.
- The Sri Chinmoy Peace Triathlon Festival, billed as the biggest in the Southern
Hemisphere, is usually held in Canberra each year around February. The Peace Capital
Triple Triathlon is held in November. Check out Triathlon
ACT for details.
Publications about cycling in Canberra
Check out the cycling books in the Canberra
public library with an on line search of the catalogue. All you need to do is dial
6207 7337 on your modem, and do a keyword search on 'bicycle'. One day soon the
library catalogue will be online, then it'll be easy!
- Improving Cycling for Commuters in Canberra. P
Ratcliffe. AUSBIKE 92 Proceedings of a National Bicycle Conference. Melbourne, March 1992.
- Cycling on Footpaths in the Australian Capital Territory.
P Ratcliffe. AUSBIKE 92 Proceedings of a National Bicycle Conference. Melbourne, March
- Bicycle Planning Initiatives in the Australian Capital
Territory. P Ratcliffe. AUSBIKE 92 Proceedings of a National Bicycle Conference.
Melbourne, March 1992.
- A draft bicycle strategy for the Australian Capital
Territory. Australian Capital Territory. Dept of Urban Services. Draft. 1994
- "Canberra Bicycle
2000", a bicycle strategy for the ACT. Canberra, 1997
- The National
Bicycle Strategy, 1999 . Adopted by the ACT Government
- National Bicycle Strategy. Department of Transport and
Communications. 1994, Canberra
- Canberra cycleways (map) : includes bush tracks and
trails. (2nd edition). Australian Capital Territory. 1994
- Survey of cycle path users, Tuggeranong, Belconnen, City: age, sex, helmet use.
Australian Capital Territory. 1992
- Bicycling in the ACT - A survey of Bicycle Riding and Helmet
Wearing in 1992. Traffic Monitoring Unit, Dept of Urban Services, 1993
- ACT Bicycle Volumes: Trends, Variations, Survey Results, Helmet Wearing and Cyclists'
Characteristics 1991 - 1993/94. Traffic Monitoring Unit, Dept of Urban Services, 1994
- ACT Bicycle Volumes: Trends, Variations, Survey Results, Helmet
Wearing and Cyclists'Characteristics (1993 - 1995/96). Traffic Monitoring Unit,
Department of Urban Services.
- Bicycle crashes in the Australian Capital Territoritory. Whately, Stephen. 1985
- 40+ Bicycle Rides around Canberra
and southern New South Wales. Pedal Power (ACT) Inc (being republished in 2002 as Cycling
Canberra: Exploring the ACT and region by bicycle)
- A Guide to the Cycle Collection
of the Canberra Bicycle Museum, Dickson
- Riding Canberra's Bike Paths: A commuter/tourist cycling guide. Graeme Barrow. Dagraja
Press, Canbera 1989.
Land Use and Transport Plan discussion paper, 1999
- "A History of Cycling in Canberra and Region" by Barbara Malpass for the
Canberra Bicycle Museum. First printed Nov '99 ACT RRP- $18 ($15 Pedal
Rides outside the Australian Capital Territory:
- Discovering NSW & Canberra's bike and walking paths. Lulham, Amanda. 1996
- Bicycle tours of southeastern Australia. Thorn, Julia. 1989
- Seeing Sydney by bicycle. Thorn, Julia. c1990
- Mountain bike rides in the Tumbarumba area : magic bike rides in the mountain forests.
Frew, Ron and Harris, Grant. 1995
- Cycling the bush : 100 rides in New South Wales. Klinge, Sven,1991
- Bicycling around Victoria : over 50 great day and weekend rides. Peace, Ray 1991
- Cycling the bush : 100 rides in Victoria. Klinge, Sven, 1993
- Cycling the bush : 100 rides in Tasmania. Klinge, Sven, 1993
- Cycling the bush : the best rides in Australia. Klinge, Sven, 1996
- Bicycle touring in Australia. Hemmings, Leigh, 1991
- Great Australian bike rides : touring down under the easy way. Hemmings, Leigh, 1994
- Cycling Australia : bicycle touring throughout the sunny continent: covering the
Australian mainland and Tasmania. Duckworth, Ian, 1997
- The Weekender Bike book. Peace, Ray and Lanigan, Anna, 1985
- "Cycling in Northern Australia". Bob Craine, Pandanus Publishing , Port
Macquarie. $7 from Pedal Power.
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